BOYS BASKETBALL: Bowmen force OT with last-minute push, fall 55-54

SHERWOOD - Though not by design, Sherwood has recovered from slow starts with late rallies in an undefeated start to its season. Friday night's non-league game against Springfield varied in just one respect - the end result.

The Bowmen overcame a 7-point deficit in the final three minutes to force overtime before falling 55-54 to the Millers at Sherwood High School.

Junior Connor Rumpf forced the extra period when he drained a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to cap a 9-2 Bowmen spurt in the final 2:43 of the fourth quarter.

Rumpf again connected from beyond the arc to give Sherwood a 54-53 lead with 1:08 left in overtime. But Springfield (2-1) tied the game with a free throw then took the lead when Millers sophomore Mike Travess hit the first of two free throws with 0:11 remaining.

The Bowmen (3-1) called a timeout with 0:02 left, but Ian Donovan's 3-point attempt went off the front of the rim as time expired.

'Our kids play hard. We just can't dig ourselves a hole like that,' Sherwood coach Brian Burke said. 'It's good for us to find out what we need to work on, especially in a non-league game that goes into overtime.'

The Bowmen had just two fields in the second quarter and trailed by as many as nine points at 31-22 midway through the third quarter. Utilizing a pressure defense and half-court trap, Sherwood went on an 11-4 run to close the gap to 36-33, then rallied late with Donovan finding Rumpf for the open trey and 49-49 tie.

'I like to have the ball at the end of the game,' said Rumpf, who had a team-high 13 points.

Bowmen senior Ryan Lobdell added 12 points, getting nine in the third quarter. Springfield senior Miles Haley hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points.

For a complete story, with more statistics and photos, see the Dec. 14 issue of The Tigard/Tualatin Times.

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